Dometic RM2454 / DM2663 door hinge - Page 2 - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Problem Solving | Owners helping each other
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 12-04-2016, 12:39 PM   #21
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 17B
Posts: 65
I did fix the fridge as tif-texas suggested, I removed the broken plastic in the door and fit in a piece of stainless steel. Here is my solution to stop the door swinging open on bumpy roads, it is a sliding window pin that screws into the wooden plate on the door.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_3793.jpg (30.8 KB, 40 views)
__________________

dunnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2017, 10:48 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Red Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Retired from Dallas & Full-Timing, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape as of 01/16/17
Posts: 1,282
Quote:
Originally Posted by ThomasG View Post
Has anyone used the "Fridge Hinge Repair/Damage Prevention Kit" on a DM2663 refrigerator as mentioned in post #1 of this discussion?



I recently contacted Larry Gamble (Little House Customs) and he said he wasn't familiar with that model of refrigerator.



Sarah at ETI told me the 2017 5.0 TA will have a DM2663 frig, so I was going to order one of these kits if I can determine that it will fit that frig.


ThomasG,

TDF-TEXAS may be a little busy with his mods.

Dave (H46DRIVER) is due to arrive at Little House Customs tomorrow. He has the DM2663 fridge on his 21' 2017 Escape. Dave can be our verification. I will text him also and ask him to confirm.
__________________

__________________
Fred M.

"Whoever said retirement was overrated...
...never had an Escape"
Red Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 05:59 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Naples, Florida
Trailer: New 21 Escape (not classic)10/16 Sold Lil Snoozy 7/16
Posts: 442
21 fridge

Are we talking about the new Escape21 we bought in Nov has that fridge door ? Is the problem going down a road the door opens and breaks the hinge or does it break when door is still closed ?
so keeping door closed with bungee or strap solves the problem and not loading the door up ??
jennykatz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 08:57 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: N/A, Northwest Territories
Trailer: N/A
Posts: 2,670
We have the RM 2454 and have added the SS hinge plate to both the upper and, lower hinges of our refrigerator . The plate does solve the hinge issue but does nothing for the door shelf issue .
We seldom travel on unimproved roads or carry heavy objects in the door but still the shelves continue to break . The shelves are of a poor design and Dometic knows there is a problem but continues to do nothing to rectify it.
steve dunham is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 10:34 AM   #25
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Trailer: 2014 17B
Posts: 65
The hinge on our fridge door failed when it swung open on a bumpy road.
dunnet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 02:03 PM   #26
Senior Member
 
advenas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: 2017 Escape 17B
Posts: 327
Just to double check....the Dometic RM 2454 is the 4cu ft fridge that is being installed in the 17B as an option correct? Unfortunately I chose the larger fridge so I'm thinking I should just order the dang stainless steel hinge before I get my trailer in March. At least then I'll have it on hand if the hinge fails.
__________________
Rick
advenas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 02:18 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 14,922
Quote:
Originally Posted by advenas View Post
Just to double check....the Dometic RM 2454 is the 4cu ft fridge that is being installed in the 17B as an option correct? Unfortunately I chose the larger fridge so I'm thinking I should just order the dang stainless steel hinge before I get my trailer in March. At least then I'll have it on hand if the hinge fails.
Or, you could just not put heavy items in the door shelves when traveling, especially on rough roads. I use a bungee cord to ensure the door is shut and secure.
By not following my advice, I did break one of the shelves, but was able to fix it with some epoxy and aluminum.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Fridge bungee.jpg (151.3 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Fridge repair B.jpg (99.5 KB, 19 views)
File Type: jpg Fridge repair A.jpg (106.4 KB, 19 views)
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 02:51 PM   #28
Senior Member
 
advenas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: 2017 Escape 17B
Posts: 327
I need to add "no heavy items in fridge door" and "bungee fridge door" to my inside check off list......otherwise I'll forget and we know where that leads......
__________________
Rick
advenas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 03:53 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
tdf-texas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Baytown, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape - since 1/9/2017
Posts: 1,771
Quote:
Originally Posted by advenas View Post
Just to double check....the Dometic RM 2454 is the 4cu ft fridge that is being installed in the 17B as an option correct? Unfortunately I chose the larger fridge so I'm thinking I should just order the dang stainless steel hinge before I get my trailer in March. At least then I'll have it on hand if the hinge fails.
The best idea is to install the reinforcement plate before it breaks. That way it won't break and looks better.

Heavy stuff in the door breaking the shelves is another matter. Just don't put heavy stuff in the door.
tdf-texas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 04:01 PM   #30
Senior Member
 
H46Driver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2013 Casita (Sold) 2017 Escape 21
Posts: 280
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
Or, you could just not put heavy items in the door shelves when traveling, especially on rough roads. I use a bungee cord to ensure the door is shut and secure.
By not following my advice, I did break one of the shelves, but was able to fix it with some epoxy and aluminum.
Very good advice, but as I understand it some Casita refrigerator doors failed without heavy stuff in the door so it's perhaps a good idea to put the device on the hinge as a preventative measure.
__________________
Dave

Never underestimate a man with a Degree in Physical Education.
H46Driver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 04:17 PM   #31
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,793
Until this, I had not heard of an issue with the Americana series regarding door hinge failure on the RB2663. I am not on the Casita forums though, but do have two friends with them in other brands of RVs that have not had an issue as far as I know.

Even a Google search of "Dometic RM2663 hinge failure" produced no hits, other than this thread. Are we certain we have the right fridge?
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 04:50 PM   #32
Senior Member
 
advenas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Seattle, Washington
Trailer: 2017 Escape 17B
Posts: 327
My particular interest in this is for the Dometic RM 2454 model fridge which I believe is the 4cu ft option for the 17B I ordered. By the way, thanks for letting me know about the hinge and reminding me to unload the fridge door and bungee it before hitting the road.
__________________
Rick
advenas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 05:40 PM   #33
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Central, Pennsylvania
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 22,654
Too many different replies to too many different refrigerator models. I believe the newer 2017 and 2nd generation 2016 models do not have any issues with the hinge.
__________________
Jim
Sometimes life gets in the way of living......
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:05 PM   #34
Senior Member
 
Kountrykamper's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Middle, Tennessee
Trailer: 2017 Escape 19' #2
Posts: 1,442
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
I believe the newer 2017 and 2nd generation 2016 models do not have any issues with the hinge.
And probably never will if you don't carry heavy items in the door when traveling.
__________________
Tom
Kountrykamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:26 PM   #35
Senior Member
 
tdf-texas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Baytown, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape - since 1/9/2017
Posts: 1,771
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
Too many different replies to too many different refrigerator models. I believe the newer 2017 and 2nd generation 2016 models do not have any issues with the hinge.
The DM2663 has the exact same hinge as the RM2454 and will have the same issue with cracking at the hinge - usually at the top hinge of the door. I have a Casita with the RM2454 and an Escape with the DM2663 setting in my driveway. They both have the same hinges.

Pictures help explain:
Below is a picture of the Casita RM2454 top hinge. It has the plate installed. After the RM2454 pic are pictures of the DM2663 top hinges on the freezer/fridge doors. Look the same to you?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg RM2454.jpg (199.7 KB, 39 views)
File Type: jpg DM2663 freezer.jpg (276.9 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg DM2663 fridge.jpg (238.5 KB, 42 views)
tdf-texas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:31 PM   #36
Senior Member
 
tdf-texas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Baytown, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape - since 1/9/2017
Posts: 1,771
From Larry & Debbie Gamble: ( as only members can read this)
http://www.casitaforum.com/invboard/..._1#entry199859

Posted 24 January 2017 - 04:08 PM
As usual, I'm late to this party but here's the deal...

Dometic changes the thickness of the bushing about every 30 minutes or so. But not to worry. Our kit was originally designed to replace a totally broken off and missing hinge knuckle, bushing and all. In fact there are more than a few fridges racing around the country without the benefit of any remnants of the Dometic plastic parts present. We have a hardened steel pin passing through a very hard, very close tolerance hole in our stainless plate. It is certainly not essential that the plate lay flat, however in some cases, we take a file to the bushing and make it a bit more thin for cosmetic purposes. We've never had to remove it and I strongly advise against enlarging the hole in our plate. If you do, then you have plastic wearing against steel and you're no better off than when you started.

There has been an on again off again change in the bottom pivot. Some have a stack of thin bronze colored washers on the bottom and some have a washer under the bottom pivot pin. If you need clearance for our plate and no washers are obvious, unscrew the bottom pivot pin and remove the washer that is under it. Don't be confused when you lift the door off the bottom pin. There is a plastic bushing in the bottom of the door and sometimes is stays on the pin when you lift the door. The washers can be found under this bushing.

Once again, our original goal was to repair broken knuckles that are the result of this more than 20 year old flakey design. Yep, I'm not pulling punches as I get older. It's flakey.

Since a replacement door is just shy of 200 bucks, I figured Dometic wasn't entitled to benefit from this anymore so we worked with our friends at OMW and this is not only a solution to breakage but a significant preventative measure as well.

Now for a reality check. We see plenty of Casita from the late 90's and early 2000's with the original door, never had a problem. Don't panic, the odds of yours falling off this afternoon are not all that great. However...IF it does, your only temporary fix is a duct tape hinge. It takes longer to remove the duct tape and clean the sticky residue than it does to install our reinforcement bracket.

Do you need one top and bottom? For most of us we don't think so. Most that we've seen with a broken knuckle have been the top. If the top breaks and then you hit the railroad tracks, the door falls off and breaks the bottom knuckle. While some folks are belt and suspenders sort of folks, I think going with the top only, reduces the opportunity to stress the bottom. Certainly nothing wrong with top and bottom and might be the wise choice if you go to the back country at Big Bend or like to run Chaco Canyon at more than 2 mph.


Hope this helps.



Larry
tdf-texas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:34 PM   #37
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,793
I just went out to the trailer to lend a critical eye to my MD2663. The hinges seem quite substantial, but it would have been nice to have a tougher latch than the plastic one, but it did hold to a VERY strong tug. I hate carrying spare parts, but a spare handle might not be a bad thing.
https://www.amazon.com/Dometic-38511.../dp/B00Q015XZ0
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:46 PM   #38
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 14,922
My eight-year-old fridge is RM2510. Different style hinge.
Pix of top and bottom hinges.
Fridge getting its first service next week. Just a precaution.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Fridge hinge top.jpg (110.3 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Fridge hinge bottom.jpg (92.7 KB, 19 views)
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2017, 06:52 PM   #39
Senior Member
 
tdf-texas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Baytown, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape - since 1/9/2017
Posts: 1,771
Quote:
Originally Posted by gbaglo View Post
My eight-year-old fridge is RM2510. Different style hinge.
That style of hinge looks to be more robust than the hinges on mine. I guess just because it's new doesn't mean it's improved.
tdf-texas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2017, 10:32 PM   #40
Senior Member
 
H46Driver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Trailer: 2013 Casita (Sold) 2017 Escape 21
Posts: 280
OK, I was at Little House Customs today. Larry Gamble looked at our refrigerator hinge and verified what tdf-texas has stated, it is the same hinge as the 17' Casitas use. He also verified that the plate they sell to re-enforce it will fit. It will require removal of the freezer door to get to the refrigerator door. He did not recommend a plate for the freezer door as it would seem to be un-necessary. However, he felt it would be a very good idea for the lower (refrigerator door) as inexpensive insurance. That said, he also mentioned that Escapes were perhaps less likely to experience the problems Casitas have with the door breaking because of a smoother ride in general. I bought one and will install it later.
__________________

__________________
Dave

Never underestimate a man with a Degree in Physical Education.
H46Driver is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×